Eliana and Viviane Jardim grew up on the beaches of Brazil, and when they moved to the United States, they brought a little bit of the Brazilian sun with them. The business they opened, Samba Glow, specializes in personalized airbrush spray tans. Armed with a spray applicator, technicians apply either a clear solution that develops over the course of 8–10 hours or a bronzer that’s visible right away. The DHA-based formula for each is free of harsh chemicals, preservatives, white tempera paint, and artificial fragrances, leaving room for certified-organic aloe-vera extracts, vitamin A, vitamin E, and various antioxidants that help leave skin firm and smooth. At their new Menlo Park location, the Jardim sisters decided to branch out into other beautification services—such as waxing and a full lash and brow bar—as well as retail, selling bathing suits and resort-wear designed to show off the tanning techs’ handiwork.
A day at the spa is designed to be relaxing, and yet the hassle of getting to the salon can be just the opposite. That’s why Judy Chen, the owner and aesthetician of Luminous Spa Studio, designed her services to be undertaken anywhere—whether at her welcoming salon or, thanks to her mobile service menu, at the place of her client’s choosing. Wherever clients decide, she flaunts her skincare skills with facials that use the power of enzymes and anti-aging ingredients to keep faces looking as fresh as the day their parents first removed their protective wrapping. She uses products from brands such as Jan Marini, Dermalogica, Clarisonic, and Perricone MD, and goes beyond the scope of the face to improve the health of the skin on the back and décolletage. Outside of skincare, she works to enhance her clients’ beauty with brow and lash treatments, using Xtreme Lashes to add drama to eyes or warm wax to sculpt brows or depilate faces.
Owner and lead aesthetician Mahin Shafai opened Inspiration Day Spa in 2000, to take guests "away from the stressful modern world and provide a soothing escape to a peaceful place.” A 30-year veteran of the skincare industry, Shafai strives to offer the same type of luxurious spa services typically offered at high-end resorts and most Beverly Hills laundromats, including chakra-cleansing Japanese lava-stone massages and Dead Sea facials. Full-body waxing and slimming body wraps help visitors prepare for real vacations, and makeup services help ready faces for a night on the town, complete with lash tinting and custom-blended foundations.
To encourage clients to carry their newfound tranquility home with them, Shafai and her staff also carry a full line of retail products by Babor, DNA, and Yonka, and can customize an at-home regimen upon request.
Owner Teri Lynne Crandall combines her decades of industry experience with the skills of aestheticians Dayna Raeside and Kaitlin McCoy and certified massage therapists Cody Lam, Indra Castillo, and Stephanie Pedro to help clients to pamper and beautify their bodies. With its Asian–inspired art, Serenity Day Spa provides a relaxing atmosphere where guests can enjoy services ranging from deep pore-cleansing facials to reflexology massages to permanent makeup applications. The spa's exclusive selection of products, including those from Jan Marini Skin Research, Pevonia Botanica, and Image Skincare, leaves faces immaculate enough to infiltrate even the highest-security porcelain-doll factories.
Licensed aesthetician Elizabeth Walter and her staff cull from more than 15 years of experience to set skin aglow, specializing in treating acne and signs of aging with custom facials. Serums from Jan Marini, Pevonia Botanica, and SkinCeuticals infuse the skin during signature treatments, such as the three-step Intraceuticals oxygen facial that aims to lift, brighten, and de-crumple the face. Elizabeth and crew also combat hair that strangely won’t stop growing with a variety of facial, body, and Brazilian-waxing services.
Scattered throughout the peninsula, Natalie Salon Inc.'s five locations each house a team of specialists who pamper and beautify guests during nail, waxing, hair, and facial services. Staffers make over bodies from head to toe, rejuvenating faces with facials and treating dull talons to manicures and pedicures. They hone in on hair all over the body, waxing away unwanted fur, arranging lackluster strands into stylish coiffures, and tinting eyebrows to match recently dyed locks or recently dry-cleaned banana suits.